The origin of artificial intelligence started within the boundaries of Greek mythology and since then have flourished its way into the real world. Granted, in Ancient History, it wasn’t all flying cars and robots trying to take over the world, but it was still that much interesting. For example, in the 13th century, an Arab inventor called Al-Jazari was believed to have invented the first programmable humanoid robot, which was a boat carrying four mechanical musicians powered by the water flow. And heavens, have we gone a long way since then! From robotic dogs to autonomous vehicles to—AI robots that develop their own language?
Here’s the deal: Facebook’s latest AI robot was both a mind-blowing success and a terrifying one. This AI was capable of negotiating and communicating with other AIs, but then it started deviating from English and instead made up its own code-language to continue the negotiation with the other robot, leaving the Facebook developers no other choice than to shut the system down. Naturally, an AI’s main goal is to modify themselves, but if they keep on creating a language of their own—one that might become much more complex for humans to comprehend—they could, theoretically, become advanced enough to overrule their operators.
I say theoretically because there isn’t really enough evidence to determine whether or not they present that big of a threat to us, yet. But on a scale of 1 to Black Mirror, how creepy is that?
Elon Musk seems to agree, considering he’s been raging on and on earlier this month about how AI represents a “fundamental risk to the existence of civilization” and should be regulated before we’re out of luck. He also added, “I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal.”
Which is a climatically different perspective than that of Mark Zuckerberg’s, for he claimed that self-aware computers that can think and act for themselves are not a threat to society, but something that can greatly add to the future of mankind. Think about it, robots that are capable of saving lives by promptly diagnosing diseases or preventing drunk lads from getting behind the wheel—that seems like a not-so-bad future, doesn’t it? He also added that “naysayers who try to drum up these doomsday scenarios are irresponsible.”
To which Musk replied, “I’ve talked with Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.”
What do you think? Is artificial intelligence the best thing or the worst thing that could happen to us?